Official ASME Group

Old Guard Committee

Old Guard Committee ASME Group

Old Guard Programs

Purpose
The Old Guard, under the direction of The Old Guard Committee, will develop innovative programs for helping improve the skills of early career engineers as active and productive members of ASME. The Old Guard will assist the early career members of ASME to bridge the gap between college and professional life and bring them closer to the activities of the ASME.

Responsibility
To achieve the objectives of the Old Guard by overseeing those programs promulgated by the Old Guard Committee and to develop and recommend innovative programs for retaining young engineers as active and productive members of ASME.

Functions
The Old Guard Committee will raise funds to support The Old Guard activities; review and initiate enhancements to The Old Guard programs; and work with appropriate volunteer members and staff on proposed enhancements and procedures regarding students and early career engineers.

Email: oldguard@asme.org


What do Old Guard Member Donations Support?
Through annual financial contributions and volunteer time and efforts, the Old Guard conducts the following programs for the benefit of engineering students and early career engineers, and ultimately for the good of the engineering profession:

Download the Old Guard Brochure.

ACTIVITY/AWARD DESCRIPTION OLD GUARD SUPPORT
Oral Presentation Competition

An engineer, like all professionals, must possess a well-developed ability to communicate, both orally and in writing.  This competition is designed to emphasize the value of an ability to deliver oral presentations. 

The Old Guard pays for membership upgrades for first place winners at each of the district E-Fest Conferences (old SPDCs) and subsidizes their transportation to and lodging at ASME's annual IMECE, where a final competition is held. The Old Guard also provides cash prizes for winners at both District and final competitions.
The Old Guard Technical Poster Competition Conducted by the host University/Section at each ASME E-Fest Conference (SPDCs), this poster design competition is designed to encourage engineering student achievement in delivering visual presentations. The Old Guard provides prize funds and pays for the membership upgrades of all first place winners at the SPDCs.
The Old Guard Early Career Engineers Award This award is presented in recognition of outstanding early career engineers who actively involve themselves in their profession, their communities, and the work of the Society. The Old Guard contributed $120,000 to fund this award. The Old Guard provides prize money plus a prepaid lifetime membership. Two runner-up winners receive prepaid life memberships.

FutureME Programs Grant

FutureME Programs are conducted to aid early career and recent graduate engineers in making the transition and ramp-up from university to professional life.

The ASME Old Guard and the ECE Programming Committee have joined forces to provide both planning expertise and financial start-up grants to assist selected ASME units with production of FutureME Programs.

The Charles T. Main Student Section Award Established in honor of the 37th President of ASME, this award recognizes Student Members whose leadership and service qualities have contributed, for a period of more than one year, to the program and operation of a Student Section of the Society. The Old Guard provides winners with supplemental travel support to attend the ASME annual IMECE.
The Arthur L. Williston Medal Mr. Williston, ASME Member established this medal in 1954, which is presented for the best paper submitted in the annual competition on a subject chosen to challenge the engineering abilities of engineering students in conformance with the annual contest guidelines.  The Old Guard provides winners with supplemental travel support to attend the ASME annual IMECE.
The Student Section Advisor Award This award is presented to an ASME corporate member (Fellow, Member or Associate Member) who is a current or former outstanding Student Section Advisor whose leadership and service qualities have contributed, for a period of at least three years, to the program and operations of a Student Section of the Society. The Old Guard contributed $25,000 to establish this yearly award.